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Humans of Harker: Behind the scenes

“When I do things, I’m not really thinking about credit in general. Sure, it’s cool to be recognized, but I’m not the type of person who wants to be a celebrity with their name everywhere. I like anonymity. I personally know that I’m important in some way and that’s enough for me,” Angela Cai (12) said.
Angela Cai values the anonymity and fulfillment of technical theater
January 13, 2021

Scene changes don’t happen on their own. Neither do the lighting choreography or audio setup or the development of onstage props. Most shows cannot happen successfully without the diligent students dressed...

Humans of Harker: Learning from others

“With music, a lot of it is interpretation and making the music that you make into [a] style distinct to yourself. In research, your objective is to solve a problem or find an answer; the creativity plays in the sense of how you approach that, [which is] similar [to] music [in] how you interpret things or how you decide to make the mood of that piece,” Elizabeth Szeto (12) said.
Elizabeth Szeto finds perspective and creativity in research and piano
January 13, 2021

A slight breeze fills the air as senior Elizabeth Szeto slowly flips through the yellow book sitting on her lap. The lines of notes filling the countless pages become a blur, and when she nears the back...

Humans of Harker: A force to be reckoned with

“I'm trying to do the things that others haven't been able to do and take advantage of these opportunities. I [hope to] prove that … deviations from the norm aren't incorrect and they shouldn't be immediately rejected just because they're different. One thing you have to know about me is that I've had so many people who've said I couldn't do it, and here I am … I did the impossible,” Ellis Goldman (12) said.
Ellis Goldman strives to be a trailblazer for others, while staying positive and accepting
January 12, 2021

“Try to be better today than you were yesterday.” “The only wrong question is the question that's not asked.” “I stopped waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel and lit it up myself.”...

Humans of Harker: Friendly competition

“What I like most about [soccer] is just seeing my team improve along with me throughout the four years of high school because in freshman year, most of us were [junior varsity] … and just seeing us all progress to the varsity team and become varsity players, [is] what I enjoy most about it,” Tuhin Chatterjee (12) said. 
Tuhin Chatterjee creates close bonds through sports and kindness
January 8, 2021

Quiet fills the air on the field as the ball nears the opposing team’s goal, the players passing it between each other with speed and precision. Clad in his green Harker athletics uniform, Tuhin Chatterjee...

Humans of Harker: Creating platforms

“[People] want to start a discourse and talk about things with people with other interests and different viewpoints. As I’ve realized the openings and the gaps and ... the opportunities I have been afforded, I’ve done all that I could to provide these platforms to other people and open new doors that wouldn’t have been opened otherwise,” Arushi Saxena (12) said.
Arushi Saxena lends her knowledge to others
January 7, 2021

Pulling out a glossy red guitar from a soft black case, Arushi Saxena (12) checks for pedestrians before sitting down cross-legged in the middle of a bridge spanning across the far end of Vasona Park....

Humans of Harker: Hiking for headspace

“We’re surrounded by such a talented and hardworking community. I think that’s definitely pushed me to work harder and be a better person than I would be if I didn’t go here,” Ian Williamson (12) said.
Ian Williamson basks in nature
January 6, 2021

As he takes one step after another, Ian Williamson (12) feels the trail beneath his feet begin to level out. Sunlight shines down on him as he wipes a small bead of sweat from his face. Hands falling to...

Humans of Harker: Live, laugh, learn

“I really [believe in] having a moral code that rubs off on other people and makes other people better in your presence. Generally, people reflect the energy you give them, so you can expect whatever you're giving out,” Jason Hoang (12) said.
Jason Hoang brightens the days of others through humor and integrity
January 5, 2021

At 1:30 a.m. on most days of the week, Jason Hoang (12) fills the kitchen with the sizzling of French toast on the stove or the bubbling of boiling water for ramen. Whether it be pancakes, eggs or cereal,...

Humans of Harker: Beyond the basics

“I just love traveling to new places because the highlights are a different culture and an entirely different experience. I never feel comfortable staying home for a while because I feel bored with my current situation, as if it's just the same repeated day over and over again,” Fonda Hu (12) said.
Fonda Hu embraces all experiences and reaches beyond the normal
January 5, 2021

“I often associate myself with Dora the Explorer just because for the majority of my life, I had a haircut that was between a bowl cut and a normal haircut, and it resembled Dora the Explorer’s,”...

Humans of Harker: The light in every room

“Understanding people's perspectives is something that I try to do. No matter what situation I'm in, I never immediately judge someone. [With] people who have different beliefs than me [and] different opinions, before I try and fight against them, I try and understand where they're coming from and why they believe what they believe,” Calais Poirson (12) said.
Calais Poirson uses her global perspective to make a difference
January 4, 2021

Calais Poirson (12) is no stranger to the Harker community. From singing onstage with Downbeat in a glittery gold dress to greeting students at the door of the winter ball to decking out in cheerful white...

Humans of Harker: Rhythmic confidence

“I got to a certain place where … you start to really feel empathy with [tabla], and you just enjoy playing and enjoy the speed. I felt like [the instrument] was trapped in this box of classical Indian music … But listening to the songs I listen to every day, I would start drumming in my lap, and at that point, I thought, ‘This isn’t out of place,’” Nicky Kriplani (12) said.
Aniket Kriplani approaches life with poise
January 4, 2021

Sitting cross-legged before the tabla, a classical Indian pair of drums, Aniket “Nicky” Kriplani (12) gazes intently as he rests his hands on the twin set of instruments. A pulse echoes in his mind...

Humans of Harker: Encouragement on and off the court

“I want [people] to remember me for always being a team player and always looking out for other people. Especially in athletics, I want to be supportive of everyone around me and show others that they’re not in it alone. You'll always have the support of other people in your community,” Maria Vazhaeparambil (12) said.
Maria Vazhaeparambil supports her teammates, friends and other athletes
December 28, 2020

Nine girls bustle around a busy kitchen. A mix of different aromas wafts through the house, and the sound of metal tools clinking combined with joyful laughter fills the room. Maria Vazhaeparambil (12)...

Humans of Harker: Full of zest

“There’s a lot of social skills and communication skills that you get from [theater]. There’s just this bonding and camaraderie you can get from these ensembles, from these big groups, and it’s invaluable. That sense of community [and] belonging just keeps me going back because I’m comfortable there, the other people are comfortable, and we’re all just trying to help each other,” Austin Killam (12) said.
Austin Killam puts forth his energy in theater, biology and life
December 24, 2020

Student Directed Showcase. Spring musical. Fall play. Dance production. Attend any of these shows, and you’ll find Austin Killam (12) center stage — singing, dancing or acting his heart out. From middle...

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